The Influence of Career Planning on Career Thoughts in STEM-Interested Undergraduates

Christopher T. Belser, Diandra J. Prescod, Andrew P. Daire, Melissa A. Dagley, Cynthia Y. Young

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Undergraduate career planning courses have shown efficacy in decreasing students’ negative career thoughts; however, universities have minimally applied these courses to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) populations. This study compared the influence of a STEM-focused career planning course for undecided STEM students with a seminar course for decided STEM majors. An analysis of covariance with covariate adjustment revealed that undecided career planning students had lower adjusted mean scores on a measure of negative career thinking than the decided STEM majors after the first semester of college. The results provide support for the efficacy of STEM-focused career planning courses and measuring negative career thoughts with STEM undergraduates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-181
Number of pages6
JournalCareer Development Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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